Heart Sutra and Buddhism : Awaken Magazine


I realised that a lot of suffering arises from the mind. If you understand the root cause of suffering and understand and observe how the five skandhas are affecting you, your mind will no longer be afflicted by it. Just let go and focus or redirect your thoughts 

I came across this free magazine, Awaken published by Singapore temple Kong Meng San Chor Kar See Monastery. I like this inspiring magazine. In this issue, there are articles by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Jack Kornfield and lay Buddhists. There are also vegetarian recipes and restaurants in Singapore. 

You can read this free magazine via the link here awaken__50_eng_issuu_2.

I used to be tight-fist with my money as being single, money gives me a sense of security. But now I think it is more useful to donate money to temples to share this wonderful Dharma taught by our most revered and compassionate teacher, the Buddha as what he taught will help many people overcome suffering due to greed, ignorance and hatred with the Noble Eightfold path: 

Right view

Right resolve

Right speech

Right conduct

Rght livelihood

Right effort

Right mindfulness

Right samadhi 

A reminder for me from the Heart Sutra.

When Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara practised the deep Prajnaparamita, he saw that the five skandhas were empty; thus he overcame all ills and suffering. 

The five skandhas, namely form, feelings, perceptions, volitions and consciousness continually provide five occasions for craving and clinging. Two types of craving and clinging characterize the human mind: 1) Craving and clinging to form and 2) Craving and clinging to mind. Clinging to form is the domain of the form skandha; the remaining four skandhas constitute the domain of the mind and the clinging to mind is generated in those four realms. All our grasping, manifested in our attachments and aversions, is generated and developed due to the activity of these four skandhas. Craving and clinging emerge at birth, and the Buddhadharma aims to sever them.


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